U.S. Torture

CIA to Promote Head of "Black Site" Where Torture Occurred?

CIA to Promote Head of "Black Site" Where Torture Occurred?

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:23am
Update (5/7/2013): CIA Director John Brennan has replaced the acting head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, who is also the subject of this blog post. This important news hopefully signals Brennan’s commitment to enforcing the letter and spirit of President Obama's executive order banning the use of torture, abuse, and secret prisons.
American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy & Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 11:55am

This was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Trained in the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military…

Let's Crowdsource Our Own Hollywood Movie About Torture

Let's Crowdsource Our Own Hollywood Movie About Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:08pm

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

With controversy still swirling around the film Zero Dark Thirty and its misleading suggestion that torture put the CIA on the trail of Osama bin Laden, it's time to take the tools of filmmaking into…

"Did You Kiss the Dead Body?"

"Did You Kiss the Dead Body?"

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 10:47am

Artist's Work Keeps Human Realities of Torture Alive

Last autumn, Rajkamal Kahlon, a Berlin-based American artist, joined the ACLU as an artist-in-residence. Working out of our New York headquarters, Kahlon furthered an on-going project of…

Torture: America's Export

Torture: America's Export

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:07pm

Yesterday, the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) issued a comprehensive report laying out the scope of the CIA's extraordinary rendition, secret prison and torture program. The report, following up on the ACLU's 2012 Torture Report, traces the…

Brennan’s Path to Langley Shouldn’t Be Easy

Brennan’s Path to Langley Shouldn’t Be Easy

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:41pm

On Thursday, John Brennan, the White House deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism, will come before the Senate to interview for one of the most powerful jobs in the world: director of the Central Intelligence Agency.…

Brennan Confirmation Hearing: Time to Focus on Torture and Killing

Brennan Confirmation Hearing: Time to Focus on Torture and Killing

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:09am

ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Chris Anders appeared on “UP with Chris Hayes” Sunday morning for a 40-minute, in-depth discussion of President Obama’s nomination of his counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to run the CIA.

Anders…

Zero Dark Thirty, Secrecy, and Torture

Zero Dark Thirty, Secrecy, and Torture

By Susan Sarandon, Actress and Activist at 4:25pm

A message by Susan Sarandon. Have you seen Zero Dark Thirty? The movie, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has received rave reviews – it’s an Oscar contender – and if you enjoy a thriller, you should see it.

Shedding Light on the Dark Side – A Call to Congress to Release the SSCI Report

Shedding Light on the Dark Side – A Call to Congress to Release the SSCI Report

By Amshula Jayaram, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:07am

Last week, nearly four years after President Obama closed the CIA’s Detention, Interrogation and Rendition Program, the American public is one step closer to learning the truth about a program that sanctioned the torture of terrorism suspects.…

European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 10:30pm

Almost nine years ago, Khaled El-Masri was abducted, forcibly disappeared, and tortured by Macedonian authorities and the CIA. Until today, his well-documented claims of abuse had yet to be affirmed by any authorities responsible for his mistreatment…

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